Have you heard about Accessory Dwelling Units? Have you heard about the "Yes in God's Backyard" Movement?
There has been a lot of talk in Utah and other states about adding small homes to backyards as a way to address the huge shortage of homes that low income renters can afford. Unfortunately, it costs a lot of money to build these accessory dwelling units and so very few are being built.
In this conversation, hosted by the Coalition of Religious Communities, we will be discussing how other parts of the country are finding ways to make it more affordable to produce these low cost homes with a specific emphasis on producing affordable places for low income people to live.
We also will be discussing the possibility of adding these kinds of homes to properties owned by churches and other faith communities and the growing nationwide movement to use church property in this kind of way. Can properties owned by faith communities be a bigger part of the effort to address housing affordability in Utah?
Here are a couple things to look at before the the conversation:
"Affordable ADUs: How It’s Being Done"
"Can Churches Help to Ease the Affordable-Housing Shortage?"
"Yes in God’s Back Yard wants to build homes for those most in need of them"